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4:28 PM ET, June 17, 2007


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Fred / A VC:
The Age Question (final post)  —  So yesterday I pissed off Dave Winer, Scott Karp, Steven Hodson, and a host of others who have weighed in heavily in the comments.  —  I guess I knew it was gonna happen because I was uneasy about writing the post in the first place.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
I did it anyway  —  Fred Wilson says that kids are net natives, and that people over 30 don't invent new paradigms.  To say that ticks me off is an understatement.  —  I've been a net native since before I was 20.  Yes, I read newspapers growing up, but I also blogged before it was called blogging …
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:   Thank you Dave Winer
Rex Hammock /   Do kids spend more time online than watching TV?
Clay Shirky / Many-to-Many:
The Future Belongs to Those Who Take The Present For Granted …
Discussion: Groundhog Day
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Very Organized Hit Job On LifeLock  —  Last month I received an anonymous email from a tipster warning me that there was "a scandal about to pop" about an Arizona credit protection startup called LifeLock.  The email made a number of serious allegations around CEO Todd Davis …
Discussion: Mashable!
David Cowan / Who Has Time For This?:
Bessemer Bamboozled?  —  Valleywag is delighting in a string of negative press accounts this week about Lifelock, a company we funded late last year.  The anonymous online gossip column goes so far as to say that Bessemer and our co-investor Kleiner Perkins Caufied & Byers were shamefully bamboozled …
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Has World of Warcraft (Finally) Hit a Plateau?  —  After 32 months of continual growth, the largest MMO in the world may, at long last, be peaking.  —  That's my conclusion, at least, looking at the latest stats from, a large fansite which tracks and analyzes population statistics and demographics for Warcraft.
Discussion: Blonde 2.0 and Scobleizer
Miriam Hill /
Time for Wi-Fi to sink or sync  —  Is Philadelphia about to become a wireless heaven, filled with laptop-wielding residents connecting to the Internet on the cheap from home or around town?  —  Or is the dream announced almost three years ago by Mayor Street to make Philadelphia a "hot city" …
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast wants Digital Phone users to switch  —  In November, I wrote that cable giant Comcast was steering customers to its new-and- improved Digital Voice phone service.  But for those who signed up in time for the company's older (and cheaper) Digital Phone service, there'd be no mandatory switch to the pricier program.
Dell's 23 Confessions  —  Now's not the time to mince words, so let me just say it... we blew it.  —  I'm referring to a recent blog post from an ex-Dell kiosk employee that received more attention after the Consumerist blogged about it, and even more still after we asked them to remove it.
Steven Levy / Newsweek:
Covering All the Online Bases  —  The digital business of Major League Baseball started out as a mess.  Now it has $400 million in revenue and may revolutionize the economics of the sport.  —  It's the final inning and the marlins, who have been ahead since early in the game, have seen their lead slip to a single run.
Spencer Kelly / BBC:
Warnings of 'internet overload'  —  As the flood of data across the internet continues to increase, there are those that say sometime soon it is going to collapse under its own weight.  But that is what they said last year.  —  Back in the early 90s, those of us that were online …
Mark Shuttleworth:
No negotiations with Microsoft in progress  —  There's a rumour circulating that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell etc.  Unfortunately, some speculation in the media (thoroughly …
Discussion: digg
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Dude, would you like a Nokia with that Dell?  —  Dell now sells unlocked Nokia devices, not the crappy low end stuff either.  A quick search yields the following:  — Nokia N80: $447.78  — Nokia E61i: $423.77  — NokiaN95: $736.53  — Nokia E61: $383.40  —  Well I'll be damned!
Discussion: Roam4free and Office Evolution
Julian Dibbell / New York Times:
The Life of the Chinese Gold Farmer  —  It was an hour before midnight, three hours into the night shift with nine more to go.  At his workstation in a small, fluorescent-lighted office space in Nanjing, China, Li Qiwen sat shirtless and chain-smoking, gazing purposefully at the online computer game in front of him.
Discussion: and FurdLog
Stan Schroeder / franticindustries:
Another 10 web operating systems reviewed  —  Several months have passed since I wrote my original review of 10 WebOS-type applications.  Although Google hasn't really made an (expected) move in this field yet, the topic still spurs a lot of interest, and many new applications have been launched.
Discussion: digg
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